Carnegie Hall Presents

Vienna: City of Dreams


Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Vienna State Opera

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Kristian Bezuidenhout

Ensemble ACJW

Vienna State Opera
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Discovery Day: Franz Schubert's Last Years

Vienna State Opera
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Leonidas Kavakos
Enrico Pace

Leonidas Kavakos
Enrico Pace

Matthias Goerne
Christoph Eschenbach

Leonidas Kavakos
Enrico Pace

Fennesz

Zawinul Legacy Band

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Hugo Wolf Quartet

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Vienna State Opera

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Vienna State Opera
Franz Welser-Möst, Conductor
Ricarda Merbeth, Soprano
Zoryana Kushpler, Mezzo-Soprano
Peter Seiffert, Tenor
Günther Groissböck, Bass
New York Choral Artists
Joseph Flummerfelt, Chorus Director

Program

SCHOENBERG Friede auf Erden
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9
In what will likely be one of the most spirited and joyous performances of the season, Schoenberg’s ethereal hymn for eternal peace Friede auf Erden opens a program that also includes life-affirming music in celebration of hope and the human spirit: Beethoven’s monumental Ninth and its celebrated "Ode to Joy."

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, Conductor

Program

MOZART Symphony No. 28
JOHANNES MARIA STAUD On Comparative Meteorology
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 6
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is an integral part of a city rich with a history of important composers and performers. The incomparable orchestra is joined by maestro Franz Welser- Möst for an exploration of enduring scores by influential composers from their native land and a contemporary work from a composer who is creating in Vienna today. The program includes Bruckner’s magnificent and genial Sixth Symphony and Mozart’s Symphony No. 28, paired with Johannes Maria Staud’s On Comparative Meteorology.

The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.

Listen

Bruckner's Symphony No. 6 (Scherzo)


Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra | Horst Stein, Conductor
Denon

Kristian Bezuidenhout

Zankel Hall
Thursday, February 27, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Fortepiano

Program

C. P. E. BACH Rondo in C Minor, Wq. 59, No. 4
MOZART Piano Suite in C Major, K. 399
MOZART Minuet in D Major, K. 355
MOZART Gigue, K. 574
C. P. E. BACH Sonata in E Minor, Wq. 59, No. 1
MOZART Rondo in A Minor, K. 511
MOZART Prelude and Fugue in C Major, K. 394
MOZART Piano Sonata in A Major, K. 331

Encore:MOZART Andante Cantabile from Piano Sonata in C Major, K330
“A vigorously intelligent musician, well equipped with the technique to back up some extraordinary new ideas about old music” (The Boston Globe), Kristian Bezuidenhout is a master technician of a variety of keyboard instruments, including the modern piano and the harpsichord. Also hailed as “one of the foremost, and arguably the most brilliant, of today’s fortepiano players” (The Times, London), Bezuidenhout has won the prestigious first prize and the audience prize at the Bruges International Fortepiano Competition and comes to Carnegie Hall to showcase his skill on this instrument.

Listen

Mozart's Fantasia in C Minor, K. 475


Kristian Bezuidenhout, Fortepiano
Harmonia Mundi

Ensemble ACJW

Weill Recital Hall
Friday, February 28, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Ensemble ACJW
·· Stuart Breczinski, Oboe
·· Liam Burke, Clarinet
·· Nanci Belmont, Bassoon
·· Laura Weiner, Horn
·· Tyler Wottrich, Piano
·· Grace Park, Violin
·· Clara Lyon, Violin
·· Michelle Ross, Violin
·· John Stulz, Viola
·· Megan Griffin, Viola
·· Alice Yoo, Cello
·· Hannah Collins, Cello
·· Doug Balliett, Bass

Program

MOZART Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat Major, K. 452
GEORG FRIEDRICH HAAS Anachronism (NY Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht
Few composers have presented as radically new an idea as Arnold Schoenberg did with his development of the 12-tone method of composition, which was a turning point in 20th-century music. And yet, the forward-thinking composer also created some beautifully lush chamber works, Verklärte Nacht being the most noted and popular. Ensemble ACJW interprets this chamber gem, a testament to the transfiguring power of love, on a program that also includes works by two other acclaimed Austrian composers: Mozart and Georg Friedrich Haas.

This concert is part of Salon Encores. The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.

Listen

Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht (Sehr breit und langsam)


Juilliard String Quartet | Yo-Yo Ma, Cello
Sony

Vienna State Opera
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, February 28, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Vienna State Opera
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, Conductor
Matthias Goerne, Baritone (Wozzeck)
Evelyn Herlitzius, Soprano (Marie)
Monika Bohinec, Mezzo-Soprano (Margret)
Herbert Lippert, Tenor (Drum Major)
Thomas Ebenstein, Tenor (Andres)
Wolfgang Bankl, Bass (Doctor)
Herwig Pecoraro, Tenor (Captain)
Andreas Hörl, Bass (First Apprentice)
Clemens Unterreiner, Baritone (Second Apprentice)
Peter Jelosits, Tenor (Madman)
Franz Gruber, Tenor (Soldier)
Vienna State Opera Chorus
Thomas Lang, Chorus Director
Members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Dianne Berkun-Menaker, Artistic Director

Program

BERG Wozzeck (concert performance)
Wozzeck—Berg's harrowing, deeply moving first opera—receives a concert performance under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst. The Austrian composer’s gravely beautiful score punctuates the brutal and uncompromising subject matter—the inevitability of hardship and exploitation of the poor.

Please note that conductor Daniele Gatti has had to withdraw from this performance due to acute inflammation of the tendons in both shoulders.

Listen

Berg's Wozzeck (Act III: "Marie's Room")


Vienna State Opera Orchestra | Claudio Abbado, Conductor | Hildegard Behrens, Soprano
Deutsche Grammophon

Discovery Day: Franz Schubert's Last Years

Weill Recital Hall
Saturday, March 1, 2014 | 1 PM

Performers

Graham Johnson, Keynote Speaker, Music Director, and Pianist
Susanna Phillips, Soprano
Nicholas Phan, Tenor
John Brancy, Baritone
Alicia Lee, Clarinet
Jasper String Quartet
·· J Freivogel, Violin
·· Sae Chonabayashi, Violin
·· Sam Quintal, Viola
·· Rachel Henderson Freivogel, Cello
Andrew Janss, Cello
Greg McFadden, Actor
Michael Siberry, Actor
Jennifer Van Dyck, Actor
Explore the final years of the life of renowned Romantic-era composer Franz Schubert. This incredibly fertile period for the prolific composer saw the creation of some of his most beloved masterworks, including the song cycles Winterreise and Die schöne Müllerin, as well as numerous string quartets, sonatas, and symphonies. The afternoon features a keynote lecture, a vocal recital, a dramatic reading, and a performance of Schubert's String Quintet in C Major.

Listen

Schubert's Der Winterabend


Graham Johnson, Piano | Christopher Maltman, Tenor
Wigmore Hall Live

Vienna State Opera
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, March 1, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Vienna State Opera
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, Conductor
Gun-Brit Barkmin, Soprano (Salome)
Tomasz Konieczny, Bass-Baritone (Jochanaan)
Gerhard A. Siegel, Tenor (Herodes)
Jane Henschel, Mezzo-Soprano (Herodias)
Carlos Osuna, Tenor (Narraboth)
Ulrike Helzel, Mezzo-Soprano (Page)
Norbert Ernst, Tenor (First Jew)
Michael Roider, Tenor (Second Jew)
James Kryshak, Tenor (Third Jew)
Thomas Ebenstein, Tenor (Fourth Jew)
Walter Fink, Bass (Fifth Jew)
Adam Plachetka, Bass-Baritone (First Nazarene)
Marcus Pelz, Bass (Second Nazarene)
Dan Paul Dumitrescu, Bass (First Soldier)
Il Hong, Bass (Second Soldier)
Jens Musger, Bass (A Cappadocian)
Gerhard Reiterer, Tenor (A Slave)

Program

R. STRAUSS Salome (concert performance)
With its erotic and revenge-filled plot inspired by the biblical tale of John the Baptist, Strauss’s masterpiece shocked audiences when it was first performed in 1905. Today, the work is a well-established part of the operatic repertoire with the tour-de-force title role requiring the stamina and power of a true dramatic soprano, plus the agility and gracefulness of a prima ballerina to execute the famous “Dance of the Seven Veils” when performed in opera houses. This demanding role is sung by Gun-Brit Barkmin in this marvelous concert version.

Please note that bass-baritone Falk Struckmann has withdrawn from this performance of Salome due to illness. Tomasz Konieczny has graciously agreed to perform the role of Jochanaan in his place.

Listen

R. Strauss's Salome ("Dance of the Seven Veils")


Vienna State Opera | Karl Böhm, Conductor
Opera d'Oro

Leonidas Kavakos
Enrico Pace

Zankel Hall
Sunday, March 2, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Leonidas Kavakos, Violin
Enrico Pace, Piano

Program

BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 12, No. 3
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12, No. 2
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30, No. 2

Encore:SCHUBERT Andantino from Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, D. 574, "Duo"
Playing with a “balance of pyrotechnics and lyricism” (The New York Times), spirited violinist Leonidas Kavakos has established himself as an artist who not only plays music, but expressively inhabits it. He embarks on a complete survey of Beethoven’s violin sonatas with pianist Enrico Pace in this program—the first of three evenings—that showcases the ample range of characters, techniques, and styles in these lauded works.

Leonidas Kavakos
Enrico Pace

Zankel Hall
Monday, March 3, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Leonidas Kavakos, Violin
Enrico Pace, Piano

Program

BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 23
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, "Spring"
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96

Encore:BEETHOVEN Allegro Vivace from Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3
Beethoven swept across the face of music like a hurricane passing over a gentle neighborhood, leaving it transformed beyond recognition, with his series of violin sonatas. His take on the classical form turned the traditional approach on its head, with piano and violin switching between melody and accompaniment, discoursing contrapuntally, and even assuming a concerto-like manner. Violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Enrico Pace bring to life this genre-changing series in a program that includes his beguiling and popular “Spring” Sonata.

Matthias Goerne
Christoph Eschenbach

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Matthias Goerne, Baritone
Christoph Eschenbach, Piano

Program

SCHUBERT Die schöne Müllerin
"If you are very, very lucky, you get to hear a performance every now and then that is so sublime in execution, so profound in expressive realization that it will have a place with you for the rest of your life. I felt I had one of those experiences … when baritone Matthias Goerne sang [Schubert], partnered by Christoph Eschenbach at the piano. I felt privileged to witness it" (The Baltimore Sun). Hear for yourself when the duo comes to Carnegie Hall to unleash the heartbreaking, unrelenting sadness in this Schubert song cycle.

Listen

Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin ("Die böse Farbe")


Matthias Goerne, Baritone | Christoph Eschenbach, Piano
Harmonia Mundi

Leonidas Kavakos
Enrico Pace

Zankel Hall
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Leonidas Kavakos, Violin
Enrico Pace, Piano

Program

BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12, No.1
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, "Kreutzer"

Encores:KREISLER “Caprice Viennois,” Op. 2
KREISLER “Schön Rosmarin” from Old Viennese Melodies
KREISLER "Liebesfreud" from Old Viennese Melodies
Violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Enrico Pace have been burning up concert halls together since 2006, performing electrifying works “suited to [their] felicitous chemistry” (The New York Times). The dynamic duo completes an entire series of just that kind of repertoire—Beethoven’s violin sonatas—with this final program that includes the composer’s beloved “Kreutzer” Sonata, affording audiences a rare opportunity to see exactly how an extraordinary collaboration can transform the experience of making music.

Fennesz

Zankel Hall
Friday, March 7, 2014 | 10 PM

Performers

Fennesz, Guitar and Electronics
Lillevan, Video
Fennesz salutes the universality of fellow Austrian Gustav Mahler in this remixed interpolation of the composer’s oeuvre, visualized by the German digital abstractionist Lillevan, to show Mahler’s enduring influence in modern life, both in the creative incubator of Vienna and around the world.

This concert is part of Late Nights at Zankel Hall and My Time, My Music.

Zawinul Legacy Band

Zankel Hall
Saturday, March 8, 2014 | 9:30 PM

Performers

Zawinul Legacy Band
·· Scott Kinsey, Keyboards
·· Hadrien Feraud, Bass
·· Robert Thomas Jr., Percussion and Hand Drums
·· Michael Baker, Drums
·· Katisse Buckingham, Saxophones and Flutes
Viennese jazz artist Josef Erich “Joe” Zawinul combined traditional jazz with elements of rock and world music. Comprising alums from several of his musical projects, the Zawinul Legacy Band unites to honor this pioneering jazz keyboardist and composer.

This concert is part of Late Nights at Zankel Hall.

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, March 13, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, Conductor

Program

HAYDN Symphony No. 90 in C Major
BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Haydn in B-flat Major, Op. 56a
BRAHMS Symphony No. 3

Encore:J. STRAUSS JR. "Seid umschlungen Millionen": Waltz, Op. 443
In 1883, Brahms’s Third Symphony made its triumphant premiere in Vienna with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The storied ensemble returns to Carnegie Hall to perform that glowing work, this time under the baton of up-and-coming Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons—“the next big thing among young conductors” (The New York Times). The program also includes additional works by Brahms and Haydn.

Listen

Brahms's Symphony No. 3 (Andante)


Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra | Leonard Bernstein, Conductor
Deutsche Grammophon

Hugo Wolf Quartet

Weill Recital Hall
Friday, March 14, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Hugo Wolf Quartet
·· Sebastian Gürtler, Violin
·· Régis Bringolf, Violin
·· Thomas Selditz, Viola
·· Florian Berner, Cello

Program

HAYDN String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 33, No. 2, "Joke"
BERG Lyric Suite
SCHUBERT String Quartet in G Major, D. 887
Vienna's Hugo Wolf Quartet has been a fixture on the international chamber music scene, fascinating audiences around the globe with its “bold and gripping performance[s]” (The Washington Post) of the standard and not-so-standard repertoire. The intrepid ensemble performs playful, jovial works by Haydn and Schubert, plus Berg’s tome to the urgent passions and melancholy regrets of an extramarital affair.

This concert is part of Salon Encores.

Listen

Schubert's String Quartet in G Major, D. 887 (Allegro assai)


Hugo Wolf Quartet
VMS

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, March 15, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor
Juliane Banse, Soprano

Program

SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8, "Unfinished"
MAHLER Symphony No. 4
There are few ensembles that perform defining interpretations of the central orchestral repertoire as exquisitely as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. That sentiment is on full display in this program of classic works by Viennese composers, featuring Schubert’s tragic and consuling “Unfinished” Symphony and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, a gorgeous cornucopia of musical influences that includes folk tunes, children’s songs, café music, art songs, and even Viennese waltzes.

Please note that conductor Daniele Gatti has had to withdraw from this performance due to acute inflammation of the tendons in both shoulders.

Listen

Mahler's Symphony No. 4 (Sehr behaglich)


Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra | Claudio Abbado, Conductor | Anne Sofie von Otter, Mezzo-Soprano
Deutsche Grammophon

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, March 16, 2014 | 7 PM

Performers

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta, Conductor
Gil Shaham, Violin
Diana Damrau, Soprano
New York Choral Artists
Joseph Flummerfelt, Chorus Director

Program

NICOLAI Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor
WEBERN Six Pieces, Op. 6
NICOLAI "Moon Chorus" from The Merry Wives of Windsor
WOLF "Der Feuerreiter"
MOZART "Ave Verum Corpus"
SCHMIDT Intermezzo from Notre Dame
BERGER Legend of Prince Eugene
KORNGOLD Violin Concerto
JOSEF STRAUSS Delirien Waltz, Op. 212
EDUARD STRAUSS Bahn frei! Polka, Op. 45
JOHANN STRAUSS JR. Frühlingsstimmen Waltz, Op. 410
LANNER Steyrische Tänze
J. STRAUSS Cachucha Galop, Op. 97
LEHÁR "Meine Lippen sie küssen so heiss" from Giuditta
HELLMESBERGER JR. Kleiner Anzeiger Galop, Op. 4

Encores:KREISLER "Schön Rosmarin"
J. STRAUSS JR. "Klänge der Heimat" from Die Fledermaus
J. STRAUSS JR. "Unter Donner und Blitz" Polka Schnell, Op. 324
Join Zubin Mehta and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for a celebratory concert, honoring Viennese music and its cultural influence. This musical marathon explores the broad spectrum of Viennese music, from classical to esoteric, in a format similar to those of concerts heard in this cultural capital at the turn of the 19th century. This stellar tribute includes opera extracts and songs significant to the pride of the nation, works by influential composers who frequented the city, and waltzes and polkas that mirror a traditional New Year’s Day program.

Listen

Korngold's Violin Concerto (Moderato nobile)


London Symphony Orchestra | André Previn, Conductor | Gil Shaham, Violin
Deutsche Grammophon